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Ft. Bragg Shooting

Posted on the 29 June 2012 by Mikeb302000
More gun violence; one more person who sincerely believes the gun culture myth that shooting people is an acceptable solution.  The people who do things like this deeply believe they are in the right at the time they do some of the worst wrong actions in their entire lives.  Guns make that possible, they enable people to do drastic and violent things when they should not.
Whatever explanation the injured shooter gives for his actions, it was a bad, wrong, horrible thing that he did.  Guns allow people to make mistakes that are far more drastic than if they were not armed with lethal force.  We would be happier, healthier, and safer if we had fewer guns in this country, and fewer shooters.
In the case of the military, guns are essential.  But it seems that wearing a firearm was NOT essential to this meaning.
From MSNBC.com:
Fort Bragg shooting
Follow @msnbc_usBy NBC News and msnbc.comUpdated at 7:38 p.m. ET: A soldier is dead and two others injured following a shooting Thursday afternoon at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to a statement released by the post. A senior U.S. defense official told NBC News that the deceased victim was a battalion commander.
The shooter was a soldier, according to the Fort Bragg statement. He shot another member of the unit during a safety brief -- in this case, a 10 to 15 minute lecture by a commander or soldier-in-charge about staying safe for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
The soldier then shot himself. He is injured and in custody, according to the statement. A third soldier was "slightly" wounded, according to the statement.
The victim is from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, which is a reconnaissance and intelligence unit, according to its Facebook page. A brigade includes three or more battalions, according to the Army's homepage.
Special agents from the Army’s Criminal Investigation team were on site Thursday evening.
“This is a tragedy for our community,” Col. Kevin Arata, spokesman for Fort Bragg, said at a press conference. “We don’t yet know the reasons for the shooting, but are working with the unit and the affected families to help them through this difficult period.”
Officials said earlier that the incident does not appear to be terrorist-related.
Fort Bragg officials said on Facebook that the post is not on lockdown.
NBC News' Courtney Kube and Jim Miklaszewski and msnbc.com's Isolde Raftery and Rebecca Ruiz contributed to this report.

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